In modern video production, wireless video transmission is becoming not just common, but in many ways, a necessity. There are now countless brands producing high-quality wireless video devices that can do everything from remote video capture and monitoring to web streaming, and the benefits of these products are many and varied. From a purely practical perspective, eliminating unnecessary wires on set saves time during set up and reduces potential hazards. From a more creative standpoint, going wireless allows for crews to work in more efficient ways that best suit the needs of a particular project, environment and set.
Of course, for wireless video transmission to be successful, the quality needs to be as good as, if not better than, traditional wired connections. This is true for latency as well as signal quality, and in both of these regards there are few brands that can compete with the fantastic video streaming products offered by Teradek.
Teradek is actively pushing the envelope and looking for ways to completely change how we work with video.
Teradek's video streaming solutions
Teradek products cover everything from wireless and iOS monitoring to web streaming, networking and colour correction. NoFilmSchool describes the brand as a "manufacturer of next-gen wireless video technologies," and this definition really summarises exactly what Teradek is all about. Instead of simply improving on existing processes that can now be made wireless, Teradek is actively pushing the envelope and looking for ways to completely change how we work with video on set and in live production environments.
One of Teradek's flagship lines is the Cube family. These powerful products are essentially real-tie encoders and streamers of H.264 video, which makes them able to complete all sorts of different functions, including web streaming and live monitoring. Here's what NoFilmSchool had to say in a gushing review:
"In exploration of the Teradek Cube and its capabilities, the phrase which comes most strongly to mind is 'power through versatility.' By virtue of its design the Cube can do borderline revolutionary things, some of which it can do at the same time, all the while able to be powered and controlled in multiple ways at once. As such, the operational flexibility it offers is rather astounding, providing myriad potential deployments – to the point where my expectations for any camera-related piece of gear have been irrevocably raised."
High praise indeed! Let's take a closer look at just a couple of the Cube's features.
Breaking down the Teradek Cube
One of the Cube's most important features is its ability to stream to any online video platform. We're talking Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Periscope and everything in between. The Cube can even publish a single stream to multiple platforms at the same time, thanks to Teradek's Core Cloud Management Program. This effectively makes the Cube an all-in-one solution for any form of live streaming.
Teradek Cubes were used during the production of Netflix's latest smash hit, G.L.O.W.
Of course, you may only be wanting to stream your video to another part of your production workflow – rather than to the masses via the internet. Being able to wirelessly monitor a camera feed remotely is a great option for any director, and with the Teradek Cube you can stream the feed from a camera directly onto an iPad. It might sound futuristic, but this sort of approach to monitoring is catching on fast, and Teradek Cubes were actually used during the production of Netflix's latest smash hit, G.L.O.W.
You can check out the video below to see how Cubes were used on the G.L.O.W set, along with two other products, the Teradek Bolt and COLR. We'll dive into those two products in our next article, but in the meantime, get in touch with us with any questions about Teradek.
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